Coneflower ……………Echinacea purpurea
Aster ………………….. Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Perennial Sweet Pea .Lathyrus latifolius, an unwelcome visitor in the garden
Daylilies ……………… Assorted daylilies
Lily …………………… Lilium henryi
Daisy ………………… Leucanthemum x superbum
Thistle ………………. A mean thug of a weed
SETTING: A perennial border known as Plopper’s Field
Good morning all you flowers! Oh, what a beautiful day! The birds are singing and the breeze is cool. We coneflowers are pretty excited to be blooming. we are so pretty. We are the prettiest flowers in the garden!
You coneflowers are a bunch of show offs. We daisies are the prettiest things in the garden right now. Plus everyone knows our name! Daisy! Ha!
Excuse me… Henry’s Lily up there. Are you dropping your pollen on us? You know you are. That’s just gross, stop that!
Scooch over flowers! Ha ha. I’m puttng down my roots and settling in for a good long while here in Ploppers’ Field. I don’t see any gardeners around to throw me out. Oh, yeah! Give me some room, baby, I’ve got stickers all over me that you don’t even want to think about touching! I’m going to like here!
I know what you mean, Thistle! I’m not supposed to be here either, but here I am. And I’m flowering! But oh dear! Is that a Japanese beetle on my bloom?! It is! Help me! Gardener!! Help me!!
Shut up, Perennial Sweet Pea! Do you really want the gardener to come out here? If she shows up, its compost bin time for us. So be quiet! You are going to ruin a good thing here.
Quiet everyone, here comes the gardener. And she’s got pruners and hoes with her. Remember the last time she showed up with pruners? She cut me back near in half, but I’ve grown out of that and look half way decent again. I hope she doesn’t do that again. I’m thinking about forming some flower buds here and I don’t want to have to do it twice. But she’s more than welcome if she gets rid of some of the riff-raff that have shown up around here. Yes, I’m talking to you, Thistle, and you, Perennial Sweet Pea, and Dandelions, Chickweed, and anyone else who doesn’t belong here!
Isn’t it great to be a perennial in Plopper’s Field? Life is sure easy. Grow, flower, fade for winter, grow, flower, fade for winter. I could do this for years here in Ploppers’ Field, as long as that gardener shows up every once in a while and cleans up the place. We may look a mess, but we aren’t really a mess as long as we are deadheaded occasionally and the gardener keeps out the weeds. Ah yes, this is the place for us.